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Gorsuch Sails Through First Day Of Questioning

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Day One of the questioning of Judge Neil Gorsuch went very well, and it suggests that his path to confirmation is basically clear of serious obstacles.

FBI Director Contradicts Trump On Wiretap Claims, Confirms Investigation Of Campaign

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Two big admissions from the Director of the F.B.I. today are likely to lead to real political headaches for the Trump Administration.

With Gorsuch Hearings Set To Begin, It’s Democrats Who Are In The Hot Seat

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Judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings begin Monday morning, but it’s Senate Democrats who are in the hot seat.

Lack Of Oxford Comma In Maine Law Could Cost Millions Of Dollars

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The lack of an Oxford comma in a Maine statute could end up costing a Maine dairy company millions of dollars: A class-action lawsuit about overtime pay for truck drivers hinged entirely on a debate that has bitterly divided friends, families and foes: The dreaded — or totally necessary — Oxford comma, perhaps the most […]

Trump’s Revised Muslim Travel Ban Blocked By Two Federal Judges

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Two more losses for the Trump Administration.

Senate Democrats Split On Strategy For Gorsuch Nomination

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Senate Democrats are divided on how to approach the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, making it likely that he’ll be confirmed.

Trump Justice Department Tells Remaining U.S. Attorneys To Clean Out Their Desks

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An unusual, if not unexpected, mass firing at the Justice Department on Friday afternoon.

Hawaii Sues Trump Administration Over Renewed Muslim Ban Executive Order

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Hawaii is the first state to challenge the Trump Administration’s revised Muslim travel ban.

Majority Supports Independent Counsel To Investigate Ties Between Russia, Trump Campaign

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A majority of Americans support appointment of an Independent Counsel to investigate Russian influence in the 2016 election and the Trump’s campaign’s ties to Russia, but we should be careful before taking this step.

Supreme Court Punts Transgender Bathroom Case Back To Fourth Circuit

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The Supreme Court has decided to return the case involving a transgender student’s right to use the bathroom corresponding to their gender identity to the Fourth Circuit rather than deciding it during this term.

Trump Administration Delays New Muslim Immigration Ban Order

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The announcement of a new Muslim travel ban Executive Order has been delayed once again.

Supreme Court Considers Whether There Is A Right To Access Twitter And Facebook

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The Supreme Court will now consider a case regarding whether or not a state can bar a former felon from accessing social media sites.

Military Judge Declines To Dismiss Case Against Bowe Bergdahl Based On Trump’s Comments

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A military judge has rejected a motion to dismiss the case against Bowe Bergdahl based on comments made by Donald Trump when he was a candidate for President.

Trump Continues His Unacceptable Attacks On The News Media

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The Trump Administration is continuing, and indeed expanding, its war on a free press.

White House Hints At Major Changes To Federal Policy Regarding Marijuana Legalization

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer hinted that the Federal Government may stop giving deference to states that have legalized marijuana.

Fourth Circuit Upholds Maryland’s Ban On So-Called “Assault Weapons”

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The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld Maryland’s ban on certain so-called “assault weapons,” but it’s unclear if the Supreme Court will even take up the case.

Trump Administration Rescinds Obama Era Guidelines On Transgender Students

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Not surprisingly, the Trump Administration has revoked guidelines to public schools that required accommodation of transgender students.

Washington Supreme Court Rules Against Florist Who Refused Service To Same-Sex Wedding

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The Washington State Supreme Court has ruled against a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding.

Judge In Bergdahl Court Martial Calls Trump’s Comments About Case ‘Disturbing’

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Could Donald Trump’s comments about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on the campaign trail lead to the case against Bergdahl being dismissed? A military judge will have to decide.

Republicans Looking At Plans To Break Up The Ninth Circuit

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Independent of the current controversy surrounding President Trump’s immigration order, Republicans in Congress are looking at a plan to break up the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Michael Flynn, Trump’s National Security Adviser, Under Fire For Lying About Contacts With Russia

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Could National Security Adviser Michael Flynn be the first to go under Trump?

Trump Advisor: There’s No Such Thing as Judicial Supremacy

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Stephen Miller said something very stupid on “Meet The Press” this morning.

Appeals Court Upholds Restraining Order Barring Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

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Another judicial slap at the Trump Administration.

Judge Gorsuch Parts With Trump On Attacks On Judiciary

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Judge Gorsuch isn’t much of a fan of Donald Trump’s comments about the judiciary.

Jeff Sessions Confirmed As Attorney General

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After a highly contentious nomination process, Jeff Sessions was confirmed last night as the new Attorney General of the United States.

Appeals Court Judges Appear Skeptical Of Federal Government’s Defense Of Muslim Travel Ban

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By the end of last night’s oral argument, at least two of the three judges hearing the appeal of the stay on the President’s Muslim travel ban appeared to be skeptical of the Federal Government’s arguments.

Ninth Circuit To Live Stream Hearing In Muslim Travel Ban Order Appeal

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The Ninth Circuit will be making the oral argument in the appeal of Judge Robart’s order halting an Executive Order issued by President Trump barring travel from seven majority Muslim nations. You can access the stream, by clicking this link. Oral argument begins at 6:00pm Eastern time. If you miss the hearing, it should still […]

Appeals Court Denies Federal Government’s Request For Stay Of Travel Ban Order

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An initial setback for the Federal Government in its appeal of the ruling putting President Trump’s Muslim travel ban on hold.

Federal Judge Halts Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

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A legal victory, at least for now, for opponents of Donald Trump’s ban on immigration from seven majority Muslim nations.

How Should Democrats Respond To The Gorsuch Nomination?

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In the end, an effort by Democrats to block Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court does not seem like a good use of their rather limited options.

Trump Names Judge Neil Gorsuch To Supreme Court

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With a relatively smooth announcement, Donald Trump has named a solid and qualified conservative who will likely be confirmed to the nation’s highest court.

Firing Sally Yates Was Not A “Monday Night Massacre”

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The Acting Attorney General was fired last night after announcing that she would refuse to defend President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration. As a result she was fired. Contrary to some arguments, this was not improper.

Trump To Name Supreme Court Nominee Tomorrow Evening

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President Trump will name his first Supreme Court pick on his 11th day in office.

Trump’s First Supreme Court Pick Could Be Days Away

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President Trump hinted today that he’s likely to name his Supreme Court choice next week, and the list to appears have narrowed to three men.

DC Police Supported Women’s March; We Shouldn’t Know That

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Police must be seen as neutral protectors of the peace.

Supreme Court Appears Skeptical Of Law Barring ‘Offensive’ Trademarks

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A majority of the Supreme Court appears to be skeptical of a Federal law barring trademark protection for “offensive” names and slogans.

Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning’s Sentence

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A potentially controversial commutation from President Obama today.

Supreme Court To Hear Argument In Free Speech Case

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An important free speech case is coming up this week at the Supreme Court.

Chelsea Manning Reportedly On Short List For Commutation

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With  only nine days to go in his Presidency, President Obama is reportedly working out a final list of pardons and commutations of people convicted of crimes under Federal law, and among those names on a short list is Chelsea Manning: President Obama has put Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst serving a 35-year […]

Dylann Roof Sentenced To Die For Charleston Church Murders

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Not surprisingly, Dylann Roof received a sentence of death for the murder of nine people at a historic African-American church.

The GOP’s Supreme Court Gamble Pays Off

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Just under a year ago, Senate Republicans took a big risk regarding the Supreme Court. Now, it’s paid off big time.

There’s a Criminal Defense Crisis In New Mexico, And Nobody Seems To Care

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Public defenders in New Mexico are overworked, underfunded, and outmatched, but then that’s true pretty much everywhere in the country.

Families Of Pulse Nightclub Shooting Victims Sue Facebook, Twitter, And Google

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Survivors and family members of the Pulse Nightclub attack have filed what amounts to a frivolous lawsuit.

Do Presidential Pardons Still Make Sense?

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Obama has issued more commutations than all his predecessors combined. He set the single-day record Monday.

Dylann Roof Found Guilty In Federal Court Trial

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To nobody’s surprise, Dylann Roof was convicted of the race-motivated murders in a Charleston church.

CIA Report: Russia Acted To Help Trump Win The Election

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New information raises serious questions about the integrity of the 2016 elections, and about Donald Trump and his supporters.

Trump To Remain Executive Producer Of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ After Becoming President

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Another conflict of interest for President-Elect Trump.

Trial In Walter Scott Shooting Ends In Hung Jury, Mistrial

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Despite a video that clearly shows what appears to be cold-blooded murder, the trial of a South Carolina cop who shot an African-American man in the back while he ran away ended in a hung jury. Fortunately, this isn’t the end of the road.

Donald Trump Opposes Flag Burning, Supports Burning The Constitution

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Donald Trump resurrects an old debate and desecrates the Constitution in the process.

Dylann Roof Will Represent Himself In Charleston Church Shooting Trial

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He has a fool for a client.

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